Toward a Theory of Empathic Arousal and Development

  • Martin L. Hoffman
Part of the Genesis of Behavior book series (GOBE, volume 1)


Empathy has long been a topic of interest in psychology, but its nature and development have not been systematically treated. I have for some time been working on a comprehensive theoretical model for empathy, and in this paper, I present the most recent version of this model.


Prosocial Behavior Altruistic Behavior Altruistic Motive Empathic Response Prosocial Motive 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Martin L. Hoffman
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  1. 1.University of MichiganAnn ArborUSA

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